Sunday, November 28, 2010

A lot to be thankful for.

This week our family went to Florida to visit our friends. We had a great time just hanging out and cramming as much fun as possible into our week. Since we were DTE the Friday before I was crazy and obsessively  tracking our dossier's trip to Ethiopia. I thought it was very cool that on Thanksgiving day our dossier was delivered to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. What a great treat for Thanksgiving.

So this year on Thanksgiving we have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful for this waiting period. I know it holds a lot for me to learn. I am thankful for my family, my friends, my husband, my kids who are home, and for our little girl who will hopefully be with us next year.

Friday, November 19, 2010


I have three fave letters as of today and they are DTE! We are officially on the wait list for our little girl! Oh, I am so happy, excited, and crazy in love with some one I have yet to meet. I am jumping up and down, screaming, dancing, and crazy happy over these three little letters. 

DTE or dossier to Ethiopia means that all our papers are on there way to the birth country of our baby girl. It means that all our paper chasing is over and our waiting begins. It means that again we are in awe of God's goodness and provisions through this entire process. It means we are that much closer to having four little blessings in our home. It means I am that much closer to PINK! It means that we have so much to be thankful for as we come into Thanksgiving week. 

Please be in prayer as there has been a slow down in referrals as of late and much of our wait time is pending on how quickly other referrals come through. Please also pray for us as we continue to save and fund raise for next portion of the adoption. Please join us in praying for our baby girl; her  health, her birth family, and that God is preparing her for us as we try and prepare for her. And finally please pray for us as God continues to graciously teach us more everyday through this journey.

We are so overwhelmed by God's goodness!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dosssier is done!!!

Well folks, our dossier was mailed out yesterday and it arrived today at our agency at 9:50am. We have worked for months collecting all the papers needed to put this together. We have gone to Cincinnati and Columbus to get finger printed and certified. We have sent away for papers from Indiana, met with a social worker on several occasion, and got to know Dayton all around much better. All so we could send a fat stack of papers to Ethiopia to get our little girl.

Along with our huge stack of papers we also sent a check for $7,700. That is huge, and would not be possible with out the help of all of you. We are so thankful that we have had so many friends and family support us at our fund raisers. We are so blessed by your support and prayers. God is so good. It is amazing that he has provided almost down to the penny for each payment.

So, now our paperwork will be triple checked by our agency. Then it is reviewed by the Ethiopian embassy. Our prayer is that it will be sent to Ethiopia on Friday. Once that happens we will move (officially) out of the "paper chase" phase into what is called DTE (dossier to Ethiopia).  Then we wait. We will go on a waiting list until our daughter is available. When our little girl is ready we will receive a referral with a picture. Once we accept our referral we send our last payment and begin working on our travel plans. We will go over there twice. The first visit will be for court, and we will meet our baby. Then we have to go back a few weeks later to get her. There is still a long road ahead in our journey, but we are making progress. We are excited to see what God has planned for the months ahead. We ask for your prayers for us as we continue. For right now though we are so excited to hit this huge adoption milestone!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I 171H has arrived

So, as many of you know I have been checking my mail box like a kid seeking out hidden Christmas presents for the past few weeks. Everyday it was empty my heart would sink a little. Then I would try again the next day. You see there was only one piece of paper missing to our paper puzzle we have been collecting. And Friday it arrived. i was so excited. There was jumping, screaming and even a little bit of crying all over this silly little piece of white paper.

But this little piece of paper says we can adopt a little girl! It is so plain and boring, but it means so much. So, we are finalizing up all our (tons of) papers and hopefully we will be mailing them off to our agency VERY soon. YAY!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Today was our 2 week mark since we did our finger prints in Cinci. I will admit I was hoping to have our I 171H by now. It is crazy that this one little piece of paper can be holding everything up from being able to get our papers to Ethiopia.

I guess the word of the day is waiting. We are waiting for a piece of paper so we can wait for our referral so we can wait to go to Ethiopia so we can bring our baby home. I'm sure two weeks doesn't sound like a long wait. And in reality it isn't. For now it just feel like everyday I am anxiously standing by my mailbox. I need to be patient. So for now I guess God is calling me more and more to just pray. I know this is teaching me to be more dependent on Him. God is already using this adoption to show me so much sin in my life. I know there is so much more refining he has for me through this process. I guess for now I will learn to wait. I find that the longer I wait the more God shows me. So, though this wait is hard. I am thankful for it.